Gordon report seen to dictate gov’t move on Dengvaxia issue – Roque
The Senate committee report on Dengvaxia would be “given much weight” when Malacañang decides the future actions of the government on the issue, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday.
Sen. Richard Gordon on Wednesday released the draft report of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee that recommends the prosecution of former president Benigno Aquino III and other officials in connection with the government’s P3.5-billion Dengvaxia mass vaccination program.
Gordon said Aquino, former health secretary Janette Garin and former budget secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad had conspired and must be charged.
“That’s a report created by a powerful committee of a co- equal branch of government that will be given much weight by the Executive when it decides its next course of action on the issue,” Roque said in a statement.
The Palace official reiterated that President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to see the results of the investigation of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
“The President though is still awaiting for the report of the NBI on the matter,” he said.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) in December 2017 ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct an investigation and case build-up on controversial anti-dengue vaccination program of the government.
The NBI has yet to release the results of its findings.
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